Fall Allergies and Hay Fever

It’s Autumn.  Why am I Having Allergies and Hay Fever? Most people think of hay fever as a springtime problem. After all, that’s when the pollen flies. But fall can be just as hard on allergy sufferers as can spring. Fall brings its own set of allergens which can cause the telltale signs of hay fever; runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip, sore throat and itchy, watery eyes. Weed pollens are prevalent during the fall. Ragweed, sage brush and tumbleweed (plants common to the Rocky Mountains) are sending their pollen out into the air right now. If you suffer from spring allergies there’s a good chance you will react to these as well. A second allergen present in the fall is mold. All those colorful … Continue reading

Understanding Dryness In a Phlegmy World

Phlegm in the nose or lungs is analogous to the newly poured cement of a sidewalk.  In a moist, humid environment, the cement takes a long time to dry.  In an arid environment, it sets up and hardens quickly.  Phlegm in our respiratory passageways acts similarly.  In humid climates, phlegm stays moist, so drying herbs and medicinals may be used to alleviate cough and sinus conditions. However, in a dry climate or arid environment, drying phlegm serves only to harden what little phlegm already exists. This dry phlegm cements into the lungs and nasal passageways and is the culprit for the chronic sinusitis (pressure, congestion, headaches) and dry coughs common to Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region and the desert Southwest. For those of us who … Continue reading

What is Acupuncture and Qi?

Acupuncture is the most commonly used modalities in the medical system known as Chinese medicine. At its most basic, it is the insertion of fine needles into the body to bring about a therapeutic effect.  At its deepest, it is complex medical system designed to bring balance and harmony to mind, body and spirit. Acupuncture was widely believed to have begun in China around 5,000 years ago. However, a recent discovery in Europe has opened the possibility that acupuncture may have European origins which predate its emergence in the Orient. In 1991, a frozen, mummified human was found emerging from a glacier in Italy. Named Otzi, the mummy had approximately 57 carbon tattoes consisting of simple dots and lines on his lower spine, behind his … Continue reading

Natural Herbal Relief for Allergies and Hay Fever

If you suffer from seasonal allergies or hay fever with symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and pressure and itchy, watery eyes, you are probably looking for a way to alleviate your symptoms. The first thing many people try are remedies like Zyrtec or Allegra. However, they can leave you feeling dried out and sometimes drowsy. Allergies Away is an herbal remedy which addresses these symptoms but won’t leave you feeling dried out or drowsy. That’s because Allergies Away is specifically formulated to treat allergies and hay fever while moistening the nasal passageways. Ophiopogon and Sanguisorba, two herbs which moisten and cool the nasal passageways, are added to the base formula of Mulberry Leaf and Chrysanthemum (Sang Ju Yin), an herbal remedy which … Continue reading

When to Use Immune Stimulating Herbs

The immune system is designed to keep pathogenic factors from harming the body.  It is the moat around our body/castle.  In times of health (when the body/castle is safe from invaders), one should build the moat wider and deeper; ie, strengthen the immune system.  Herbally speaking, this is the time to use Astragalus, medicinal mushrooms and other herbs which strengthen the immune system. However, once the barbarians have breached the castle walls and have entered the castle (the body), do you still spend time making the moat wider and deeper? No, you forget about the moat and guard the castle! You get out your spears and hot oil (anti-viral, anti-bacterial herbs) and fight back. Then, once the barbarians are pushed back, you the work on digging … Continue reading